The all-new 2018 Honda Accord arrived in the UAE
The 10th generation 2018 Honda Accord is midsize benchmark sedan, now setting the new standards.
Honda Accord is one of few nameplates in the automotive industry that is synonymous with ‘new standards’. Ever since the first generation came out back 1976 Accord is always referred as benchmark sedan in the midsize category and till today Honda Accord never looked back. Not surprisingly Accord is blessed with the high-quality materials. The ride quality is on par with the similar cars in the midsize segment and ergonomics which increases the comfort level not only for the driver but also for the passengers as well.
Now Honda has introduced the 10th generation 2018 Accord and Honda had tested itself on how to raise the bar which is already known as Accord. Over the years Honda Accord has gathered uncountable accolades from various authorities all over the globe. A whopping 19.9 million Accords found the customer garages. Accords were produced in different shapes and sizes. from Coupe to Hatchbacks and Stationwagons as well. However, what is more, interesting here, is the strong nameplate loyalty among the customers. Hence, there’s still a large number of early gen Accords still seen on the roads running across along with the newer cars.
With the all-new 2018 Accord, Honda is aggressively targeting newer customer base especially the young millennials. 2018 Accord has a very definitive appearance: it has fastback like sporty stance, which we have already seen on the 10th gen Civic introduced in 2016. Also, it a mature business class attitude and distraction-free clean character lines. On the performance level, Honda wants to keep the high fuel economy with lower emissions levels. However, this is the first time 2018 Accord now comes with turbo-charged engines across the line-up here in the Middle East. Customer will have two choices of engines: 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC Turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) producing 198hp and 260Nm of torque mated to a CVT tranny. This engine returns an “Excellent” 18.4 km/l fuel economy indicated on the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) window sticker.
Also replacing the conventional 3.5-liter conventional powerhouse with the new detuned 2.0 Direct Injected VTEC turbo with dual VTC from the notoriously fast Civic Type R pumping out 247 bhp and 370Nm torque. This high output engine returns 14.4 km/l, which is indicated as “Very Good” on the GSO window sticker. The shocker is the 10-speed transmission, first time ever in the front wheel drive car!
For the geeks, the 2018 Accord received 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda and ACE front body structure with crash stroke design. New to the 10th gen 2018 Accord is the Laser-brazed roof skin where the roof is flush welded with the side pillars and so gone are the black rubber bushings that hide the welding stamps.
The new 2018 Honda Accord has a longer wheelbase (+55 mm), a lower overall height (-15 mm), a wider body (+10 mm) and a shortened overall length (-15 mm). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord. Shorter overhangs that enhance the sporty drive and a classic long hood short deck promote the bold and sporty character as well. Also new are the 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights and new distinctive LED-equipped tail lights.
Keeping the MMI philosophy of ‘Man Maximum & Machine Minimum’. Honda has designed the new cabin to more quieter and comfortable with upscaling feel and impression. the result is a superior NVH (noise vibration and harshness) control. the appearance of the newly designed cabin is inspired by the vast muti-tier stadium. This creates the openness and spread-out sleek design keeping the lowered profile at the same time. The three-tiered instrument panel, and a contoured sport steering wheel. A “floating” 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen (EX and above grades). Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of materials elevates the overall premium feeling of the cabin. The driver and front passenger are also treated to a panoramic view of the road ahead, made possible by the wider body, a lower cowl and newly designed A-pillars that are 20-percent narrower and moved rearward relative to the driver’s seating position. Once again new to the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T Sport model also feature a new 6-inch driver’s head-up display, automatic Bluetooth phone pairing. you can now have Apple Car Play and Android Auto along with wireless charging.
The new 2018 also features an enhanced Honda Sensing suite that helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, providing warnings to the driver and, under certain conditions, aiding the driver in avoiding or mitigating the severity of a collision. Honda Sensing is standard on EX-L and 2.0T Sport trims.
Honda Sensing features include the following:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) including Pedestrian Detection and Head-on Collision Warning
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – Integrated with RDM
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
The 2018 Honda Accord is available in 10 exterior colors including six pearlescent colors, four metallic colors, and one solid color. New to Honda and the Accord are Platinum White Pearl and Radiant Red Metallic.
The Platinum White Pearl color uses large-particle glass flakes for enhanced brilliance compared to traditional white pearl finishes, while in the Radiant Red Metallic color; glittering metallic particles radiate light in a distinctive fashion.
NEW Radiant Red Metallic
NEW Platinum White Pearl
Crystal Black Pearl
Lunar Silver Metallic
Obsidian Blue Pearl
Modern Steel Metallic
Champagne Frost Pearl
Kona Coffee Metallic
San Marino Red (available on Sport and 2.0 Sport only)
Still Night Pearl (available on Sport and 2.0 Sport only)
Here’s the all-new 10th generation, 2018 Honda Accord at Trim & grade level at a glance.
Image Credits: www.proctorhonda.com